Who attacked Salman Rushdie?
It’s still unclear who attacked Salman Rushdie on stage at a New York event last night. The assailant stabbed the acclaimed author in the arm before being tackled by security and arrested.
Rushdie was rushed to the hospital and is now in stable condition. He is best known for his controversial novel “The Satanic Verses,” which sparked protests from Muslims worldwide. Mr. Rushdie, a British national of Indian descent, has spent the last 20 years living in the US. After the uproar surrounding his fourth novel, The Satanic Verses (1988), he largely lived in the UK and disappeared from public view. He continued to write novels throughout the 1990s despite the threats.
Past Attacks on Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie was attacked on stage by a man wielding a knife at an event in New York City. Security quickly subdued the assailant, and no one was seriously injured, but the incident highlights the ongoing threats against the famed author.
Rushdie has been living under a fatwa since 1989 when Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran issued a death sentence against him for his novel The Satanic Verses. Though the fatwa has never been officially lifted, Rushdie has continued to live and work without incident for many years. If the attack is connected to that is unclear.
However, this latest attack is a reminder that some still believe Rushdie deserves to die for his writing. It’s also a stark reminder of the dangers writers can face simply for expressing their ideas.
What did Salman Rushdie write on Twitter?
On Friday evening, Salman Rushdie was stabbed in the arm with a knife while attending an event in New York City. The attack occurred during a question and answer session at the event, which was held at the Intercontinental Hotel.
Rushdie was rushed to the hospital, where he was treated for a minor wound and released. He later took to Twitter to share what happened, writing: “I am fine. I was attacked by a man with a knife, but fortunately, the knife missed everything important, and I have been discharged from the hospital.”
The attacker has not been identified, and it is unclear if he has any connection to Rushdie or his work.
This is a developing story; we will update it as more information becomes available.